9/11 Commission Chair: Attacks Were Preventable
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The chairman of the 9/11 commission, Thomas Kean, said Sunday that he believes the attacks could have prevented.
While careful to say he was expressing his personal opinion and not a formal conclusion of the commission, the former Republican governor of New Jersey said that had everything gone right and the mistakes outlined in the panel’s report avoided, the tragedy might not have happened.
“If the FBI had passed up information, if the border security guards had done their jobs, some of those people who were watch-listed had been kept off the planes — if it all had gone differently, there's a good chance it wouldn't have happened. But it’s speculation,” Kean said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Kean also said many of the shortfalls that allowed the September 11 attacks to happen have yet to be resolved. He says that's intolerable given the threat of future attacks.